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Wrangler Comparison: 4xe vs Unlimited

Wrangler Comparison: 4xe vs Unlimited

The Jeep Wrangler range continues to expand, with an almost bewildering range of trims and variations available to suit every need. The most recent addition is the Wrangler 4xe plugin hybrid, heralding the start of Jeep's long-awaited electrification strategy.


What does the new model bring to the Wrangler party? Read our 2021 Jeep 4xe vs Wrangler Unlimited comparison review to see how the hybrid takes the range to a new level.


The Most Powerful Wrangler Yet?


The Wrangler is widely admired for its off-road prowess, a capability that's been aided by some attractively powerful engines. The 2021 Unlimited continues in this vein, with its 3.6L V6 gas engine pushing out fully 285 horsepower and 260lb-ft of torque. Fed through to all-wheel drive via a choice of six-speed manual or eight-speed automatic transmission, the result is a perky performer that shines on the trail while traversing city streets in style.


But the 4xe's hybrid powertrain takes it to another dimension of performance. Pairing a 2.0L turbo gas engine with dual electric motors, the total output is a staggering 375 horsepower and 470lb-ft of torque. Some other Wrangler models may have higher horsepower numbers - the 470hp V8 Rubicon for example - but the instant torque provided by the electric motors propels the 4xe with an ease that's unmatched by any other model.


What's more, the 4xe has an electric range of 40km, a charge time of two hours, and a fuel economy of just 4.7L / 100km combined. In comparison, Unlimited's city figure of 13.8L / 100km is definitely uninspiring, although the highway rating of 10.2L / 100km is much more attractive.


Infotainment and Technology


Both of these Wrangler models have a great selection of interior technology available, but the 4xe is better equipped at the base model. While a large touchscreen is standard on both, smartphone integration and Wi-Fi hotspot are only standard on the 4xe and require an upgrade on the Unlimited.


A similar story is told in the availability of active driver-assist technology. While both can be equipped to a very high level, only the 4xe includes features like forward-collision warnings, automated emergency braking, and blind-spot monitoring as standard in every model.


Jeep 4xE vs Wrangler Unlimited Review: The Verdict


Both these SUVs are attractive models, but if you're looking for high performance with an eye on the electric future, then the 4xe makes an unmissable option for all Jeep enthusiasts.

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